Stretching from the frozen mountaintops of the Himalaya in the North to the tropical green jungles in the South, India exists out of a wide range of scenery and cultures. It’s a country of extremes, and first time visitors will -just like us- find themselves confused on how to deal with or feel about India. Either you love it or hate it, but you will be intrigued, overwhelmed and changed by it. This country of many religions and different habits is very much alive and it’s not for everyone. From unpenetrable forts to bearded Sikhs, from overcrowded marketplaces to colourful curries, from tasty samosas to distasteful remarks, and from beautiful beaches to extraordinary architecture, India will leave you speechless.
Massive India is home to more than 1.3 billion(!!) people, and ranks nr 2 of most populated countries in the world. The population here counts for 17.86% of the total world population.
Nepal, Pakistan, China, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Myanmar.
The official Indian languages are Hindi and English, but there are 22 major languages spoken in India, written in 13 different scripts!
India became independent from the British Empire on August 15th, 1947.
The Indian Rupee (INR) is the currency here.
€ 1.40 | US$ 1.49 | AU$ 1.94 = 100 INR
€ 1 = 71 INR | US$ 1 = 67 INR | AU$1 = 51 INR
India Standard Time UTC +5:30
Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Bengalore.
The Indian cuisine is very diverse given the range of different climates, ethnic groups and cultures throughout the country. It includes many spices, vegetables and fruits combined with rice.
You’ve found it! Vegetarian heaven! India is great for vegetarians because no less than 42% of the population is vegetarian! They are the lowest consumers of meat in the world. Many restaurants label themselves -which is very convenient for their customers- as Vegetarian, Non-Vegetarian or Pure Vegetarian (no eggs or rooted vegetables).
Always make sure you are up-to-date on routine vaccines before every trip. These vaccines include polio, chickenpox and diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine. Other than these, Hepatitis A and Typhoid are highly recommended and we ask you to inform about Cholera, Hepatitis B and Japanese Encephalitis.
Malaria is a problem in some parts of India, so take good care of protecting yourself from mosquito bites. Bring a strong DEET-based repellent from home as it might be difficult to find locally.
There is no risk of yellow fever in India, but the government requires proof of yellow fever vaccination only if you are arriving from a country with risk of yellow fever. Be aware that the ZIKA virus is also present in India.